Quite the civics lesson at one Arkansas high school.
A high school newspaper in northwest Arkansas has been reinstated after it was suspended for publishing an article criticizing the transfer of five football players to a rival high school.
Publication of Har-ber High School’s The Herald was suspended after it published a months-long investigation into the transfer of five varsity players from Har-Ber to Springdale High School, its arch-rival within the Springdale Public Schools district.
The student newspaper reported that at least two of the players acknowledged that they did so to have a better chance of playing football, which would violate district policy.
The district instructed the newspaper’s teacher adviser, Karla Sprague, to remove the story from its website, and the article was taken down, according to BuzzFeed News.
A pattern across the country: schools violate their own rules and/or the law; students recognizes the malfeasance and report it; the schools crack down, usually in further violation of the law.
Karla Spraque should have forwarded the matter the AR DOE, the US DOE, the DOJ, the AR Attorney General, F.I.R.E, and, if necessary, the EEOC.
And, for funsies, let’s look at how “well” Har-ber High performs as an instructional institution. They boast a 90% graduation rate, even with only 55% reading proficiency and a whopping 26% mathematics proficiency rating. Wow! They do have an AP US government class. Maybe this case would make for an interesting current events discussion.